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How Personal Problems Affect Listening

As previously mentioned, you bring your problem with the boss to the listening activity, your late car payment, your daughter's orthodontist expense, etc. These distractions need to take a back seat to the listening activity. One way to accomplish this difficult task is to become involved in the activity.

Passive listening opens the door for personal distractions.

Be an active listener. Get involved in the listening activity. Ask questions or take notes. Offer opinions or comments regarding the subject matter of the presentation. Distract your distractions.

Be aware that often, your personal problems cause you to lose focus, so concentrate on becoming involved in the learning process.